Art World Conference 
New York City 2019

APRIL 25 - 27, 2019

In April 2019, over 300 members of the visual arts community gathered in New York City to share ideas and learn about trends in the art world, new technologies, and the mechanics of launching, running, and sustaining a business.

See below for 2019’s presenters, programming, and more! 
If I experienced this type of conference early in my career, I can only imagine some of the decisions I’ve made would have been more direct and clear.
— Mickalene Thomas, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, and Curator

2019 Highlights

Art World Conference 
New York City 2019 Presenters

Yona Backer

Producer, Curator, Founder of Third Streaming

Danny Baez

Cultural Facilitator, Founder/Director of MECA Art Fair

Hannah Cole

Artist, Enrolled Agent, Founder of Sunlight Tax

Kris Collins

Managing Director of Cultural Projects, MGAC

Courtney Colman

Art Advisor, Curator

Susan (Suzy) Delvalle

President/Executive Director, Creative Capital

Karen DeTemple

Co-Founder, The Art of Change

Tiana Webb Evans

Arts Marketing, Communications Expert, Founder of ESP PR

JiaJia Fei

Director of Digital, Jewish Museum

Brendan Fernandes

Artist, Choreographer

Ben Fino-Radin

Founder, Small Data Industries

Trish Giannakis

Artist, Adjunct Professor, Creative Director

Deana Haggag

President/CEO, United States Artists

Jeanne Hardy

President/Founder, Creative Business Inc.

Patton Hindle

Senior Director of Arts, Kickstarter

Kemi Ilesanmi

Executive Director, Laundromat Project

Paddy Johnson

Freelance Art Writer, Founder of Art F City

Paul Ramirez Jonas


Lisa Kim

Director, The Ford Foundation Gallery

Jennie Lamensdorf

Director/Curator, Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings

Jessica Lee

Attorney, Loeb & Loeb

Melissa Levin

VP of Artists, Estates, and Foundations, Artist Agency, Partners

Shari Loeffler

Author, Dancer, Model, Speaker

Sharon Louden

Artist, Educator, Advocate, Editor

Anibal Luque

Managing Attorney at Luque PLLC, Co-Founder of POWRPLNT

Kristin O'Keeffe Merrick

Financial Advisor

Maria Elena Murguia

Licensing Executive/Marketing Manager, Artists Rights Society


Artist, Artist Programs Manager at Joan Mitchell Foundation

Hilary Neve

Head of Cultural Initiatives, Google

Deborah Obalil

President/Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Amani Olu

CEO of Olu & Company, Founding Director of Detroit Art Week, CEO of IMG SRVR

Larry Ossei-Mensah

Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Co-Founder of ARTNOIR

Alex Paik

Artist, Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Nicole Polletta

Co-Founder, The Art of Change

Sara Raza

Curator, Writer

Prerana Reddy

Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

Esther Robinson

Co-Executive Director, Artbuilt

Mark Rosen

Associate Director of Marketing, Artsy

Antwaun Sargent

Writer, Critic

Steven Sergiovanni

Art Advisor, Educator

Julie Solovyeva

Director of Cultural Programming, Neuehouse

Anisha Steephen

Director of Real Estate, Spaceworks

Alice Gray Stites

Museum Director/Chief Curator, 21c

Shannon Stratton

Artist–Curator, Writer, Host, Artist Advocate

Kay Takeda

Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Mickalene Thomas

Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Curator

Zefrey Throwell

Artist, Activist

Hrag Vartanian

Editor-in-chief/Co-founder, Hyperallergic

Amy Whitaker

Author, Faculty Member at NYU

Caroline Woolard

Artist, Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford, Founder of BFAMFAPHD

 2019 Sponsors